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With close reference to ONE male writer and ONE female writer studied in the module show how the writers in the period 1780-1830 represented revolution in very different ways and to different ends Revolution here refers most obviously to the French revolution but it could also be taken to refer to any of the revolutions in British society and culture which were talked about in the period some of which will be addressed in the lectures of this module Frankenstein and The Vampyre and the influence and effect of revolutions Within the texts of Frankenstein 1818 and The Vampyre 1819 there are obvious influences from the current revolutions effecting Britain and Western Europe Both Shelley and Polidori give us many insights into the key issues effecting contempories of the time through the medium of the texts I chose these two texts as they are closely linked from the alleged trading of ghost stories between Bryon Percy Shelley Mary Shelly and Polidori and it is argued that Mary Shelley had more impact on Polidoris work The most immediately obvious form of revolution effecting the authors here is the working-class driven French revolution however there is also the industrial revolution creating a great fear of artificial power which in turn led to many debates as to what makes us human and do we have a soul and finally can human life be simulated by artificial man-made workings The French revolution though popular at first soon struck fear into the hearts of many of the Western-European countries Bourgeois classes Britain was no different as great fear spread as to what the proletariat could do if they united against the ruling classes in an attempt to redistribute the power within the country The popularity of the early years of the revolution was soon rejected following the brutality happening at the hands of the revolters in Britains neighbouring country In The Vampyre and Frankenstein Lord Ruthven and the
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